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The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rogers Toy, Pool and Patio Company

Four days ago, I decided to go into Rogers Toys on Middle Street, Lowell, MA because several members of a facebook group I'm in (about Lowell) often mentioned this store, and wondered if it was still in business. I went to the store and told the owner and assistant who I was and asked if I could take photos for my blog. Without hesitation, he said, "yes." When I got home, I posted them, with a short paragraph about how neat the store was, all the merchandise...but it was missing shoppers.

Within hours, many in the group of over 4,000 responded with 108 wonderful comments, 367 Likes and 107 shared it, which meant more people saw it. To me, this was a viral post going around the United States. Everybody was interested in the store, and they all want to keep it in business, more years than the current 70 years. Almost all the stores from the late 60s, when I first lived here, has either closed or left.
Gary Rogers, holding the 13 page printout of comments. He had a shopper come in and mention the facebook page, so he assumed it was due to my posting the photos to the Lowell group. I want to thank all of you who shared and commented. This is about keeping something old in Lowell that we all remember, our parents also, and not just the buildings.
Above photo taken on my first visit. When I asked Roger if he had any old photos of the store, he pulled out a binder with quite a few. I chose two to take photos of. Once thing about former Lowell residents, they love to see the old. All the buildings in downtown Lowell are pretty much the same as in 1909. I have no idea how old this building is, but it is listed in the 1918 Lowell City Directory, that I happen to have. (My genealogy friends will love hearing that.) Their phone number was simply 4000.
 J. B. Cover and Company, Flour and Grain
Permission to post given by Gary Rogers.

 Store photos taken today, November 10, 2014.



A video was done of the store, by an unknown person.
See HERE for short clip.

29 Veterans Buried in Special Area in Lowell, Massachusetts -- Tombstone Tuesday

In memory of those 29 soldiers who are buried in this site at the Lowell Cemetery.
Photos taken May 2014.

Lewis Magnant

Alonzo K. Preston

Nelson S. Iby

Lorenzo Richardson

Asa M. Cower

Adelbert Richardson

Alvin W. Stockwell

John McDonald

Rubin C. Hardy

George N. Leathers

John L. Lairdison

William S. Leichton

Henry H. Smith

Clinton Gilbert

David L. Ridley

John Wiley

William G. Knott

William C. McFarland

Russell Lemuel Crockett

William A. Kenney

Arthur Sylvanus Shaffer

James Francis O'Donoghue

Hovhannes Depoian

Lige Menchention

Gustaf W. Setterberg

Maynard A. Hutchinson

John B. Merrill

Lester Clow

Arakel Krikorian